Japan Open: Carolina Marin beat Saina Nehwal to enter quaterfinals

Earlier in-form PV Sindhu fresh from her Korean Super Series triumph crashed out of the tournament after she lost her friend and nemeses Okuhara, since her exit all eyes were on Saina to move further in the tournament.


It’s a disappointing day for India in the Japan Open Series as Saina Nehwal is also out of the tournament after losing to reigning Olympic Champion Carolina Marin in the second round. The Spanish defeated Saina in straight sets 21-16, 21-13 to enter the quarterfinals.

Earlier in-form PV Sindhu fresh from her Korean Super Series triumph crashed out of the tournament after she lost her friend and nemeses Okuhara, since her exit all eyes were on Saina to move further in the tournament.

The former world number one started the match on a positive note, racking up points with ease and led the game 11-9 at the interval, she further extended her lead by four points post interval and looked determined to take the first game but Marin fought her way back to make a sensational comeback to take game from the Indian.

The second set was altogether a different ball game, Carolina Marin dominated the Indian. Saina brought back her fighting spirit in the game as she tried to trim down the lead, but it was too little too late for the Indian as Marin won the second game and the match 21-13.